Search For Missing Boy Continues Saturday

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AKRON– The search continued Friday for the missing boy who was swept away by waters in Mud Brook in Akron Thursday night.

Nicholas Shaffer

Nicholas Shaffer

Summit County rescue crews took to the water to recover the body of continuing of 12-year-old Nicholas Shaffer.

Family members tried to rescue him but he was swept out of sight.

“The kid was last seen between two bridges. And they’ve searched about 500 feet so far Friday,” said Anthony Law, District Chief of the Akron Fire Department.
According to the Akron Fire Department, the creek is normally only one foot high.

But due to recent floodwaters, the creek is three times as high and 10 times as fast.

That made things challenging for search crews.

“They probed the ground with poles to try and hit a surface we think may be the child,” added Chief Law.

According to the Akron Fire Department, seven other departments are assisting in the search.

In fact, they’ve compiled over 60 personnel, including expert ropes, responders, and divers.

The creek flows for about a mile before it meets the Cuyahoga River, but rescue crews anticipate a recovery before then.

The search will resume Saturday morning.

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